“The public had a new hero alongside the Ennises and Farahs of the world - and she went by the name of Balding…” Heat magazine hails Clare for her Olympic coverage, ‘iconic hair’, personal pride in the Mobot and more!
After a few relaxing days in Cornwall “dreaming of the Olympics”, Clare managed to catch up with Heat magazine for a sensational Games-inspired photoshoot and a chinwag about all things Paralympics, barnets and big TV moments.
Hailing Clare as the “newly anointed grande dame of British TV”, the mag was of course keen to hear her personal highlights from an incredible summer of sporting brilliance.
“I was really pleased when Nick Skelton and the show jumping team won their gold medal, as it’s been a long time,” Clare told Team Heat. “And the same with the dressage.
“I was really thrilled with the swimming, because I was presenting it every night – if you can get across the passion involved in sport and the excitement of winning a gold medal, you’re winning. We got that the night that Chad le Clos won. You can’t write that kind of stuff.”
Unbeknownst to Clare, there was also another unprecedented star of the Olympics, and it seemed that Heat were keen to ‘root’ out the secret behind Clare’s “iconic” hair...
“Iconic hair? That’s hysterical!” Clare laughed when quizzed on her do. “It’s very thick and needs a cut at the minute, big time…. I always think it’s very lucky, given the surname that I have, that I actually have as much hair as I do.”
But Clare’s coverage and coiffure haven’t been the only sources of inspiration during London 2012 – she was also instrumental in inventing the Mobot!
Clare had joined Mo Farah on Sky1’s A League Of Their Own when James Corden called on Mo’s fellow panellists to create a celebration move for the track star ahead of the Games.
“I said, ‘Do the M from YMCA’,” Clare explains. “Well, James absolutely loved it, and then Mo tried it out and he liked it. It would have been nothing without the boys saying, ‘Yeah, that’s a good idea’.
“The moment I’m proudest of was Usain Bolt doing the Mobot, to Mo! I’m watching thinking, ‘I invented it!’ Well I didn’t invent it, the Village People did. But I am really proud of it.”
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